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>> we'll see you then in 30 minutes. >> thanks for watching us. s news is up next. the baltimore ravens and suspended by the n.f.l. aft a video shows him striking his then fianceé. james brown has the video and the story. flooding in the desert. teri okita on the record rainfall in arizona. just in time for the new school year, hundreds of kids come down with a rare virus. dean reynolds has details. and mark phillips on the heir to the throne. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley.
>> bob schieffe: good evening. scott's on assignment. i'm bob schieffer. this is our western edition. the baltimore ravens decided today they've had enough of star running racrunning back ray ric. they fired him and the national football league immediately suspended him indefinitely. the actions came after new video surfaced showing race striking his then fianceé and knocking hr unconscious. rice was already under a two-game suspension after earlier video showed him dragging her from an elevator. the new video tells the rest of the story. cbs news correspondent james brown with the report and we warn you the pictures are disturbing. >> reporter: the new video was observe stained by tmz.com, showing rice and janay palmer his then fianceé inside an atlantic city hotel elevator. rice strikes palmer knocking her against a railing and then on to the floor. previously the only video seen was from outside the elevator showing rice dragging and
apparent -- an apparently unconscious palmer and letting her fall to the floor. public reaction to the new video was swift. the video went vierm. there were about a million tweets by late this afternoon. broncos' tackle terrance knighton "that man should be thrown into jail. shaun o'hara, a normer new york giant, called it despicable. the ravens listened and issued their own tweet, "ravens have terminated ray rice's contract this afternoon." minutes later, roger goodell put him on infradefinite suspension. the n.f.l. said "no one in our office has seen it till today." the initial suspension of two games prompted widespread criticism the punishment wasn't enough. two weeks ago goodell announced new league policy making six-game suspension for first offense and a life-team ban for second offends.
>> it's unfortunate we have to actually have to wait to see a video for us all to have a higher level of awareness. all of us see it and now we believe it. >> reporter: coach said this after practice today. >> when someone you care about does wrong and is faces with the fons queens of doing wrong and rightfully so, it is tough and hurtful. and my pain is for both of them as a couple. in going forward my hope is they can make it work. >> reporter: rice has not responded to today's developments. last may he sat at a news conference with palmer, who is now at his wife sitting by his side. and in july he apologized. >> that's not me. my actions were inexcusable. that's something i have to live with the rest of my life. >> the question i have is why is the national football league just now getting to see this
part of the tape? >> reporter: bob, i talked with the commissioner's office and it was indicated to me there was a request for all and any footage related to this incident and that the atlantic city police did not release it because the prosecutor's office said do not release the say. >> bob schieffer: these contracts like some in baseball are not guaranteed. as i understand it, he'll get no more money from the baltimore ravens, but do you think there's a chance he'll ever play again in the national football league? >> there is a chance. whether probable or not remains to be seen. but since he was suspended in2ke67b89, he's allowed to reapply for reinstatement later and i'm sure the commissioner will look at whether or not he finished his counseling program and is deemed fit to return to the league. >> bob schieffer: thank you, james. the southwest has been so dry for so long, but overnight it was as if somebody opened the faucet. the remnants of hurricane
norbert dumped record rain on phoenix, so much the governor declared a state of emergency. teri okita with that. >> it's starting to rain. >> reporter: rescue crews struggled to save more than a dozen stranded motorists in flash floods across arizona. in tucson, a woman died after getting trapped in 15 feet of water. rescuers waited till the water receded to recover her body. drivers in phoenix pushed through high water on i 10. jessica lunsford got stuck on her way to work. >> driving to work, i couldn't see. my car got flooded. >> reporter: more than 3 inches of rain made this the wettest day since 1 1985. the rains are cause bid a tropical storm in the pacific. >> we're looking at severe storm cells, stalling over one area for an extended period of time and when that happens the ground is oversaturated so it can't
handle all that rain at once. >> reporter: that same weather system also contributed to storms that dumped up to 3 inches of rain in parts of southern california. garages and basements flooded in riverside as high winds toppled power lines and trees. even with the rainfall, some parts of california are still 50% below normal. in yosemite national park, hikers were airlifted out as firefighters contained a bieferld that tripled incise to 2500 acres. flash flood watches remain in effect for mountains and deserts but the worst has passed through california and arizona. now, bob, it's heading to nevada. >> thank you very much, teri. u.s. warplanes hit i.s.i.s. in iraq yesterday. the president said he'll deliver a speech on iraq wednesday but the white house had no details declining even to say if it will
be delivered during the day or wednesday night. major garrett is at the white house and nancy cordes is on capitol hill. major, to you first, are you getting any indication of what the president has in mind here? >> well, bob, this is not going to be a speech declaring war on i.s.i.s. but a speech declaring a presidential commitment to see that it ha it is defeated. the air war will continue. the united states will also rely on others to help. he will not rule out airstrikes in syria or if the need arises special forces but will rule out combat forces in syria and iraq and speaking of iraq, bob, the white house hailed a formation of a unity government in iraq that it believes is crucial to fight i.s.i.s. >> bob schieffer: nancy cordes, how is this going down on capitol hill? >> reporter: lawmakers tell us the president needs first to
convince the american people in the speech that i.s.i.s. pose as threat to u.s. national security, that it's more than just a regional problem, an that's crucial because, if congress has to take a vote at some point in the future on striking i.s.i.s., they wasn't to make sure constituents are behind them and want to be kept in the loop. we saw the director of national intelligence and the c.i.a. director on the hill briefing key lawmakers behind closed doors, bob and expected back tomorrow. >> bob schieffer: about the president's announcement yesterday he would take no independent action to ease the immigration situation until after the election, what does doing think about that? >> reporter: well, democrats who are up for reelection in conservative states think it's pretty great. they want to have to deal with as few presidential decisions they need to justify to their constituents between now and november as possible. republicans warned the president not to try to take unilateral
action. they said it would be unconstitutional so they see it as a victory of sorts as well. >> bob schieffer: major, why did the president decide to do and say this? >> first, it's worth pointing out tha that in so doing the president ignored the promise he made to take executive action and the timetable he put forth saying the end of summer. the white house tried to describe it as an act of courage, but democrats pleaded with the white house to delay this action, white house said today pushing it till after the mid term elections will make the president's decision more politically vibele. what we know is democrats and their fate won't be hanging in the balance waiting for this action. >> bob schieffer: tomorrow on this broadcast, scott pelley will be reporting from iraq with the latest on the i.s.i.s. threat. back in this country, an alarming story tonight. hospitals in 12 states are filling up with children who have been hit by an unusual virus. it starts out like a common cold
but quickly gets serious. dean reynolds with more on that. >> reporter: 11-year-old river johnsons thinks he probably caught this virus at school last friday. >> i'm sneezing. >> reporter: we spoke to river and mother christine coleman at the children's hospital in chicago where he was admitted early this morning gasping for air. what did it feel like in your chest. >> it felt like somebody was pressing on my chest. >> reporter: you just couldn't get a breath? >> no. >> reporter: he was one of hundredhundreds of children from infants to teenagers in many states where more severe respiratory problems have been reported. there have been an unusual amount of hospitalizations. the virus is an enterovirus which typically hits when school
starts, but this is worse than the common cold, much worse. >> about 30 seconds, i couldn't breathe at all. >> reporter: really? mm-hmm. >> reporter: there's no treatment but the body's immune system and medications can be used to alleviate the symptoms which are worse in people with pre-existing conditions like asthma. it can last about a week. good news for river. he could be back in his classroom at the end of the week? >> correct, with a lot of homework to catch up on. >> reporter: so far, bob, colorado appears to be hardest hit with 900 cases of this virus reported in the denver area during the last three weeks. >> all right, thank you very much, dean, in a moment, what police in ferguson, missouri, could learn from the lapd.
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john blackstone on what other police agencies can learn from the lapd. >> reporter: it's a normal, busy day for lapd officers in south los angeles, but in the public housing projects of the watts neighborhood here, police seen as determined to make friends -- seem as determined to make friends as arrests. tiffany norwood service in the community safety partnership. >> a mentor, a father figure, mother figure, close aunt. >> reporter: it's a change from how police were seen here a decade ago. >> the relationship then was hostile, mutual disrespect, mutual fear. >> reporter: is there a crime involved in that? the captain took command of the community police station in 2007, led his officers in changing attitudes and changing language. >> there's a difference between telling somebody, hey, can i talk to you and, hey, get over
here. >> reporter: two decades ago the lapd was best known for incidents like the 1991 beating of rodney king that led to riots against police brew at that. could you believe the day would come when the lapd would be trusted? >> no. >> reporter: civil rights attorney connie rice became known in the 1990s for suing the police. >> no one else would tell lapd, you can't shoot people in the back when they're fleeing from you. you can't beat people to a pulp just because they mouthed off to you. >> reporter: in 1999, the rampart scandal revealed widespread misconduct and corruption in the lapd. under supervision of a federal judge, the department was forced to change. connie rice headed the panel that recommended reforms. >> we knew this was the last chance that we had to get this police department to understand they serve the poor black
population. >> reporter: the relationship is far from perfect. protests followed the fatal police shooting last month of ezell ford, an unarmed mentally ill man. police met charlie beck and promised investigation. john blackstone, cbs news, los angeles. >> bob schieffer: one of southern california's favorite wooden rollercoasters caught fire today. the colossis at six flags magic mountain is overhauled and will be part of a new ride next year. the cause of the fire under investigation, the park was closed and no one injured. what beats a pair of kings in waiting? how about a full house for the duke and duchess of cambridge? that story is next. ,,,,
>> bob schieffer: well, the big news from great britain today is that the duchess of cambridge is in a royal family way. here's mark phillips. >> reporter: elsewhere wars may be raging and disease rampant but here the royal household has provide add welcomed diversion. little prince george worn just over a year ago is to become a big brother. his mother, the palace says, is less than 12 weeks pregnant and going through the same ordeal of acute morning sickness she had with him. last time, kate had to be
hospitalized with her illness. this time, she's being treated at home at the palace. >> she's here. it's been a tricky few days, a week or so. we're mostly thrilled. it's great news. early days. when her stop settles down, she'll feel better. >> reporter: the royals would have preferred not to have made the announcement this early but she had a number of appearances that she would have been unnoticed. up in scotland where the queen's at a highlands games festival, she pronounced herself delighted at the news. it's come at a good time. a recent opinion poll up here is predicted the scott may turn the british world upside down in a referendum next week and vote to separate from the rest of the united kingdom.
there's a joke going around the royals may try to convince the scots to stay by giving the baby a scottish name, ham, or bonnish, perhaps. he will be after young george, william, and william's father prince charles, heir to the thrown. prince harry moves to number five. >> continues to grow. >> reporter: kate had been scheduled to take on more of a royal role in the coming months, even going on a solo foreign trip to represent the queen. now the palace says they'll take everything day by day. kate's royal role may be played out closer to home. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> bob schieffer: which brings us to george xliii and william xlii on the subject of
grandfatherhood. former president george w. bush who became a grand-dad last year had advice for former president bill clinton who is due to become a grandfather later this year. >> it's going to be an awesome period for you and get ready to also be the lowest person in the pecking order in your family. (laughter) >> bob schieffer: i know that feeling. in california, trucks may soon replace wells as the only way to get drinking water. that story is coming up next.
collect garbage...and a big paycheck...gets dirty. the w accusations...next weather talent appears at wx center with generic pinpoint filling monitor then we take >> bob schieffer: finally tonight, that rain that finally fell on southern california overnight won't do very much to ease the drought which is now in its third year. the entire state is bone dry. so what happens when the water runs out? well, ben tracy reports, in some places, it already has. >> hi, love, how are you? >> reporter: for more than two decades, kathleen sturkey has been working with developmentally disabled adults. >> she's wonderful at swimming. >> reporter: sturkey and her husband chuck run a 65 area community outside los angeles called larc ranch, 103 adults live here and use 11,000 gallons
of water each day. >> i imagine on a daily basis you deal with a lot of challenges just given the work you do. how does water stack up? >> water is our primary challenge at this time. >> reporter: the water dried up the ranch's underground wells and in january the water ran out. >> it's bad enough that we have to purchase water. >> reporter: the trucks roll in every other day. 100,000 gallons each week. what does this tank represent to you at this point some. >> life. >> reporter: the water is held in this large tank on the hill. chuck sturkey says this is not just about keeping the faucets running. looking around here, it is tinder dry. was fire concern you? >> definitely. more than concerned. almost to the point of being terrified. the ultimate disaster would be to have a fire and we're low on water, because all i could do is just stand here and watch things burn. >> reporter: so they are teaching their residents how to conserve water but not telling them why.
>> they would be very, very frightened. it's not we're trying to hide reality from them, but we try to give them as good a life here as possible. >> reporter: these water deliveries will cost $150,000 this year alone. are you worried about the future of this place? >> i think in the back of my mind, but i'm not done fighting for larc ranch yet. you're doing a good job. >> reporter: after all, she has 103 reasons to keep praying for rain. ben tracy, cbs news, saugus, california. >> bob schieffer: and that's the news. scott will be reporting from iraq tomorrow night. in the meantime, i'm bob schieffer, cbs news in new york. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
the garbage. now -- accusations that one side is telling lies and playing di trash and politics in the east bay. a fight over who's collecting the garbage. now accusations that one side is telling lies, and playing dirty. good evening, i'm veronica de la cruz. >> confronts a trash haul company about its campaign to keep a lucrative contract. >> reporter: ken, waste management lost a $1 billion contract to another company, and now it's spending for the city of oakland to get that contract now. city leaders gave me these
pictures, and say these are proof that waste management is lying. councilwoman pat kernihan says it's the complete opposite. >> i think it's sad that a corporation that wants to serve oakland citizens would lie to them. >> reporter: she says the signature gatherers even approached her over the weekend, telling her recycling will be phased out, over the new company. >> he said well, because for the next ten years your garbage is not going to get sorted. all of it is going to go to the landfill. i said really? what basis do you have to say that? >> reporter: waste management needs about 22,000 signatures to pass a referendum and overturn that decision. we showed the pictures to the man who is behind the petition. >> if somebody does